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Sunday, 9 June 2019

5 Unusual Reasons To Start Business While Still in School (Personal Experiences Shared)

Do I have to remind you that starting a business is becoming the last resort for fresh and old graduates? I once gave you reasons you might want to consider owning a business instead of searching for jobs after school. There, you will see the clear picture of where you belong without stress. Are you a business owner by nature or you're meant to earn salary all your life?

And in a post I wrote to guide NYSC returnees on what is next after clarion’s call, I gave my clear position on whether you should start a business, further your studies or look for jobs.

5 Unusual Reasons To Start Business While Still in School (Personal Experiences Shared)
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Having said that, a few students want to know if it’s ideal for them to start businesses while still in schools. My piece on the list of courses that are meant to prepare you for the business world after school will tell you what my answer here will be like. In fact, recommend those courses as a response to my frown at some courses middle class or poor background students should avoid.

If I must take you by hands and teach you how to start, run and manage a business to succeed as a student, I will dedicate a separate post to that. You can subscribe to this blog to get it straight to your email when I drop it sooner. Right now, I will show you why starting a business on campus is the right way to go.

1. You’re Preparing Yourself for the Worst

It’s so easy to say, “I'm learning to be a doctor”, “I’ll be an engineer in few years”, “I should be an accountant by 2022”. Isn’t it?

But in reality, that is not easy.

I learnt late that most of these positions were just wishes. Even though we’re working towards achieving career ends, yet there other factors busy making our ways up so clumsy.

What do you think when the news says, "the number of unemployed graduates is rising"? Perhaps you give yourself a pat on the back and say “that’s not going to happen to me”.


If I must be frank with you, that’s not a prayer. Face the reality and don’t pretend to be blind of people who have been out of schools for years but till today, are wandering around or searching for jobs that never come.

You’re no different.

In order to prepare yourself for the worst scenario, embark on the journey to the right alternative while you’re still serious with your GNS 101.

Starting a business while the school doesn’t mean you’ll remain in that business after school. If you eventually get a job, that won’t tie you down. It’s up to you. But it may be late before you start.

2. Starting the Journey Right Earlier

The point number one above will touch the hearts of adamant students who seriously believe jobs are their ways to go. However, we have students who are quite aware they’re business makers. This set of students only care to go to school for certification purpose and if need be, able to tender their evidence of academic successes. They want to be their own bosses after all.
Starting the Journey Right Earlier is owning a business while in school
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Lucky you, if you’re in this category. Really, the best gift anybody can be blessed with is knowing the right thing to do at every stage of his or her life. Being a confused man will delay your success for a long time.

I was in the category of people who want to work after school. Then, I paid for that dearly when no befitting job could come. And for the ones I got, I was later laid off.

I had a classmate while in final year in the polytechnic. Bode left the class one day on arrival of a lecturer. I wondered why he would do that.


A day later, I met him and spoke to him frankly. I wanted him to realise it could be a mistake leaving class when a lecturer was about to take us.

He was quick to tell me how sorry he was. He told me he couldn’t just avoid going out.

“My truck had just arrived and we had to dispatch goods to our branches”, Bode calmly said.

I was surprised. Then, I asked, “you run a transport business?”

“No brother, don’t you know I have four boutiques around?” He asked.

I said, “No”

“Oh, I don’t know you’re not aware. I went to dispatch goods to them”, He said as he patted me at the neck.

I left Bode smiling. But within me, I knew I was missing something. I saw him as a friend or a classmate, but he’s already a boss.

See, the same is happening around you. Most of your classmates are in one business or the other. You may never know unless it’s something they run on campus or it's a product or service you will need.

These sets of people are preparing themselves for the future they’re dreaming of.

Unfortunately, I don’t have Bode’s contact since my service year. If not, I could have updated you on where he is by now. I’m sure he should be flying now. You know why? He’s started right earlier.

3. School is the Right Platforms to Experiment Business Ideas

Before becoming an education consultant, I had tried a few other business ideas. I once run electronics selling firms, computer training services, Home Tutoring Services to mention a few. But none worked well until I get here.

How I wished I’d experimented with these ideas while in school. If I had done that, I could just be starting my education consulting right after the service year. Then boom, I should be flying by now too.

But I learnt the hard way. I never started until I was so eager to be serious with life.

School days are the right time to bring your ideas out and see if they’re marketable. From here, you can drop any service or product with the unsatisfied market. Then, you move to another.

Don’t forget Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook from school as a platform for a few mates to communicate, then, to connect people at colleges and a few schools.

4. Saving and Investing Your left-Over

Starting a business on campus or while in the university or college can be the right way to invest your leftover pocket money. You can save your way to hundreds of bucks that can be put into a small business.

Even though my parents were poor, I still had some bucks left over after paying for my academic, social and personal needs.

Ask me how I spent my left-over.

Frankly, I don’t remember.

Maybe some went to the cinema, some careless spendings or so.

See, I got the message very late. Bode was an inspiration to me.

A mate called “Photo the Sleeper” afforded to build a three bedroom flat before our final year. He made his money from an amateur photography business.

Do you know how he got that funny nickname?

He slept very often in class. He wasn’t bad with that anyway. But he spent the night up while in the photo lab. He had to print the photos he took for a few friends the previous days.

This short guy would just approach you and ask if you would love to take some shots with your new dresses, friends, class blocks or on motion ground. You should know people like this.

Why going for NYSC, Biodun turned down a national call for his business on campus.

I remember what he told me last, “why will I go to service where I will be paid stipends when I can make thousands on a daily basis with my business?

You see, that is the power of seeing the future from now. If all you can see is one thing, ever asked yourself, “why am I given two?”

5. Start a Business on Campus and You have the Working Team 

The easiest business someone can go for a while is school is that which he can single-handedly managed. However, if your ideas will require five men to start up front, you're already blessed by a few friends.

Start your project on campus as some friends may be ready to help from the start free
In most cases, starting a project after graduation may limit your ideas, expansion and wider outlook. There're better thinkers among your friends while in school, you can seek their opinions and contributions.

And you know what?

You may have all that for free.

Conclusion

Those who are embarking on a journey should ask their ways from the returnees. I love to share my successes and my failures. For my successes you can emulate, the failure you can avoid my takes.

As a student, taking the time to draw a plan to start a business and starting it right away while still in the classrooms will help you achieve independence after graduation. Your project today may be the next Facebook, Microsoft or Tesla.

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